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No matter how long you have owned your home, it’s important to know how it works. That way, everything works smoother, and when things don’t go quite so smoothly, you have a better idea of how to pinpoint problems and correct them.

Below are a few common problems that pop up from time to time, and how to correct them or prevent them.

Clogged Drains: Before trying any drain cleaning methods, check that the tub or lavatory's pop-up stoppers are opening fully and are free of debris. Often hair is the culprit, and there are a number of inexpensive products on the market that you can use to remove debris. Don't resort to using chemicals as they are harmful to your pipes, dangerous to breathe, and bad for the environment.

No Hot Water: Check to see if the gas is on to the hot water heater. Is the pilot light lit? If not, refer to your owner’s manual. or information on the side of your heater for how to light it.

Prevent Frozen Pipes: If you’re leaving the house for more than a couple of days in sub-freezing temperatures, keep a trickle of water running from the faucet, wrap uninsulated pipes, and keep doors open from rooms with heat to rooms without. Experts also advise to keep your furnace set at no lower than 58 degrees and shut off the main water supply to your house.

Prevent Kitchen Drain Clogs: Don’t pour grease,coffee grounds, or oatmeal down the kitchen sink. Don't use a disposer for egg shells or potatoe peels, and run plenty of water while disposing and after drain is clear.

Kitchen sink sprayer won’t spray: Check under the sink to see if the hose is kinked, or if the hose is wrapped around a shut-off valve.

Safety First: Never mix cleaning solutions with drain cleaners, the result could be an explosion or inhalation of lethal gas

Sump Pump Issues: Keep an eye on your sump pump to make sure it’s running properly. Red flags an include constantly cycling on and off, running unusually loud or making strange sounds, or constantly running. Contact your plumber if you notice any of these signs.

Locate Your Service Shut Off's: Locate and tag shut off's for main water and gas supplies. Make sure angle stops are working at fixtures. Knowing where these are, and that they operate, are crucial to making sure emergencies aren't worse than they need to be.

Jay’s Plumbing & Sewer : 1509 Ogden Ave, Downers Grove, IL 60515 : 630.434.9200 : http://jaysplumbing.net/